Monday, July 30, 2012

Multitude Cowl

My second pattern is in the books and up for sale in my Etsy shop. It is such a neat process to see something in your minds eye come to life and in person in your hands. This cowl came out exactly as I pictured.

This cowl can be worn many ways with the placement of the button holes and the buttons at one end. I like that it can be adjusted to be tighter to the neck depending on the weather. Riley has now claimed the orange cowl photographed for herself so I will have to make one of my own.

Now I just have to knit up the half dozen or so other ideas I have in my notebook!

Friday, July 20, 2012

New yarn in the shop!

I have been spending the better part of the past week dying and winding yarn. In between my regular duties as a mother and homemaker. Which explains why it took me a week to do what it would normally take someone a day for the same task. Granted waiting for yarn to dry was included in that week span.

When I was going through my shop inventory I came across more than a handful of items that were not listed and some yarn that had never been dyed. I discovered that a number of these were cone ends or skeins that had breaks. This was a good motivator to start a sale section. Hopefully these lonely skeins of yarn will soon find a new home.

This new base is a gorgeous single ply merino.

Here are a few of my favorites. It is amazingly soft and I love how it took the color.




Friday, July 06, 2012

Bridging and Embroidery

Riley is involved in Girl Scouts. Her and I have had a lot of fun over the past two years with her troop. In June she bridged from a Brownie to a Junior. It was a small sort of hokey ceremony but still seemed so important to me and I had to take pictures. They have the girls walk across the stage or "bridge" and are presented with a certificate from the next oldest girl to bridge. For a year she will be the only Junior in the group. I was worried that she would get bored with younger girls. She is hitting an age where being with younger kids might not interest her but she seems to still be okay with this. It might be because she has two younger siblings and this is normal for her. There are a few badges she can earn helping younger members and she is excited to organize a meeting to do this. I was never a Girl Scout so I am eating this all up!

Lately Riley has been embroidering as much as she can. I know I am her mother so I am biased but she appears to have a real knack for it. She is in love with giraffes and we printed out a few more images for her to do. When she finishes this picture I was going to show her a few different stitches to do for the next project.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Fairy Homes

A few weeks ago I helped the kids build fairy homes. This was such a fun and magical activity that continues each day. They went through their room finding items to put in the homes to attract fairies.

We went around the yard looking for moss and plants to put in the pots. We were so lucky and found some great bark pieces in the log pile.

Riley picked out some items from her Polly Pocket bin.

Jake and I made sculpy items because Riley had all girly things and he wanted to attract a boy fairy.

Thank you Pinterest for this great idea!